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Crowds and betting well up for day 5 at Ballybrit

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The much improved weather saw punters return in numbers to Ballybrit last evening

The attendance of just over 23 and a half thousand was just over 3 thousand up on the Friday meet last year

Betting was well up with the bookmakers taking in just under 1.4 million, 270 thousand euro more than last year

The Tote was also up with bets of 686 thousand euros, an increase of 95 thousand euro

The Noel Meade trained Curley Bill won the lucrative mile and a half Guinness Handicap, the feature race on Day 5.

Curley Bill is part owned by Philip and ‘Abbie’ Reynolds, sons of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

It was also a stylish affair with the first ever ‘my fair lady contest’ won by a thrilled Patricia Carty from Mayo.

Meanwhile, a horse part owned by the late broadcaster Colm Murray will run in today’s meeting – Sweet my lord rides in the Ladbrokes handicap hurdle.

Today’s racing at Ballybrit gets underway at 2pm with full live coverage here on Galway Bay fm

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National Broadband Ireland to host information event on rollout in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – National Broadband Ireland is to host a pop-up information event in Ballinasloe from tomorrow (Fri 17th).

The two day event will take place at Tesco Superstore in Menlo, Ballinasloe from 10am to 4pm.

The event aims to give the public an opportunity to learn about the national broadband plan, when high speed fibre broadband is coming to various areas in Galway and how households can get connected.

The NBI team will be on-hand to take registrations to enable future updates on the rollout in specific areas.

It comes as NBI currently has construction underway to bring fibre to 3,307 premises in the Ballinasloe intervention area.

These are in the townlands including Clontuskert, Ahascragh, Kilconnell, Liscapple, Aughrim, Carnakelly, Fohenagh, Riversdale, Dowras, Kiltormer, and Rosmore among others.

In total, there are 38,714 premises in the intervention area in county Galway, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools.

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UHG Has Second Highest Number of Patients on Trolleys In The Country

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway’s Emergency Department has the second highest number of patients waiting on trolleys at any ED across the country today.

According to the INMO’s trolley watch figures, there are 31 patients at the acute hospital’s Emergency Department in Galway city now awaiting beds.

UHG’s figure for emergency department patients awaiting beds is the second highest in the country, with only Cork University Hospital worse affected where 43 patients are on trolleys..

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Galway East Fianna Fail Minister Defends Simon Harris In Cabinet Leak Controversy

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway East Junior Minister has pledged her support to the Higher Education Minister who is at the centre of claims he leaked Cabinet information.

Opposition TD Matt Carthy used Dail privilege last night to claim Simon Harris leaked news of the Katherine Zappone appointment to journalists.

A spokesperson for Minister Harris says this was a clear misuse of Dail privilege and it’s untrue.

Speaking on Galway Talks earlier, Fianna Fail Minister for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte voiced her support for her Government colleague.

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